Barbara Jackson became the court's 96th associate justice in a ceremony this morning in the court's chamber that was attended by a range of high-ranking officials, former justices and her family and friends.
Jackson also helps the court make history: For the first time, women now hold a majority of the court's seats.
The female 4-3 majority was mentioned both by Jackson and Chief Justice Sarah Parker in remarks, reports The N&O's J. Andrew Curliss.
Jackson said it was interesting, but that she doesn't see a majority female court bringing any sort of "quantum shift" to the way the court administers justice.
Jackson, a member of the state's Court of Appeals since 2004, noted that women make up a majority of that court, too. Jackson was elected to the Supreme Court in November.
She took her oath this morning in what's known as an investiture. A reception at the Capitol followed. Jackson replaces Edward Thomas Brady, who did not seek re-election. Following the court's custom, Brady did not attend today's ceremonies.